Jan 19, 2013 4:00am PST
to reporters who are being kept about 20 miles away. but also to government officials in london, washington and paris, who encourage algerians to make the safety of the hostages their first priority. >> wonder if there's tensions between the american government and the algerian military this morning. brian, thank you very much. we appreciate it. >> get information back. brian, thanks. >>> we turn, now, tonight two of lance armstrong's public confession to years of cheating, doping and lying to the whole world about it. armstrong began to break down when he talked about his family. abc's neal karlinsky has been all over this story from the very beginning and joins us with more. neal, in many ways, this seemed to be the more compelling of the two interviews. >> reporter: it certainly was. good morning, bianna. over the course of two nights there was plenty of evidence that armstrong's ability to lie is still on display. but there was one moment when the person behind the attitude and the image broke through. >> incredible. unbelievable. >> reporter: when you peel away all the lies, the cheati
Jan 15, 2013 7:00am PST
the money? sources tell abc news, the federal government is likely to join a whistle-blower lawsuit against armstrong this week, seeking to recoup millions of dollars paid to sponsor his cycling teams. it would be the costliest case against lance armstrong by far. and his biggest headache going forward. this morning, sources say the lying is over. after a decade of denials -- >> i have never doped. >> reporter: -- even lawsuits, and vicious attacks against his detractors -- >> i've never taken performance-enhancing drugs. >> reporter: -- sources tell abc news that lance armstrong now admits he really was on more than just his bike. and this morning, oprah's revealing new details about her interview. >> yes, think the entire interview was difficult. i would say he did not come clean in the manner that i expected. >> reporter: armstrong is in talks to possibly repay some of the millions of dollars the u.s. postal service paid to sponsor his team. money the federal government is already considering suing to get back. betsy and her husband, frankie, were close armstrong friends for years before
Jan 22, 2013 7:00am PST
for women, and immigration. >> centuries-long debate about the role of government of all-time. but it does require us to act in our time. >> reporter: and for the first time ever in an inaugural address, the president specifically mentioned gay rights. >> our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. for, if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another, must be equal, as well. >> reporter: but obama, four years ago, talked about the audacity of hope, now gives a nod to reality. reminding his most fervent supporters that progress requires compromise. >> we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect. we must act knowing that today's victories will be only partial. >> reporter: before he headed back into the capitol, president obama stopped to look in awe at that amazing view of the national mall. >> take a look one more time. i'm not going to see this again. >> reporter: afterwards, the obama family took in the parade in a decidedly less formal way. dancing, snapping photos. and even chewing gum.
Jan 17, 2013 7:00am PST
now. >> the british prime minister is calling it an ongoing situation in algeria. governments around the world are watching this carefully trying to get information. martha rad das is with the u.s. defense secretary in itly. >>> but first, abc's brian ross is here with the latest breaking details. >> reporter: the british foreign aufszer tells abc news, in the last few hours, the algerian has launched an operation to free the hostages. eyewitness accounts describe a helicopter assault and number of fatalities of both hostages and terrorists. none of which can be confirmed by abc news. intelligence officials say the situation is tense. >> it is a very serious matter when americans are taken hostage, along with others. >> reporter: the terror strike came without warning wednesday morning, when an estimated 20 gunmen, first attacked a bus carrying workers, escorted by two cars carrying security teams. at least one worker was killed. then, the terrorists moved on to the compound, where they are now holed up with the american and other western hostages. intelligence officials believe this
Jan 20, 2013 4:00am PST
before those across the board budget cuts hit in march and the government is set to shut down at the end of march. there is no question that these big fiscal issues, taxes and spending will define the first quarter of the president's second term. >> george, talk about this term, the second term curse. we -- reagan had iran-contra, nixon had watergate. clinton had monica lewinsky. why is it that they tend to go sour. >> lyndon jonls had to resign before he ran because of vietnam. ever since roosevelt and the amendment that limited his terms, presidents tend to run out of steam and maybe even get tripped up by scandal in these second terms. i think it's kind of a natural reaction to the fact that power is moving on beyond these presidents because, in fact, they are lame ducks. the obama white house has studied this very, very closely. they know the perils of the second term. they think they can avoid the worst pitfalls, first of all, they are saying there's no scandals on the horizon but believe they can avoid the worst by having a focused agenda and moving fast. >> we'll see if they can.
Jan 21, 2013 4:00am PST
, josh. >>> today, a day for poetry. the prose of governing comes next. and jonathan karl at the capitol for that. as the president prepares to deliver his speech, his team is gearing up for a lot of big debates ahead. >> reporter: you can see the presidential podium, still covered in plastic. it is from there that he will deliver one of the most important speeches of his presidency, hoping to set the tone for a second term that his aides say will be every bit as ambitious as the first. after the ceremonies, all the celebrations and the ball, president obama will take on the tricky task of implementing his second term agenda. >> i plan to carry out the agenda i campaigned on. an agenda for new jobs, new opportunity, and new security for the middle class. >> reporter: on the list, gun control, immigration reform and climbed change. all of which will take support from both parties to implement. the president still faces a slow-growing economy and high unemployment. but there are signs things are turning around. real estate is starting to rebound. and the dow recently hit a five-year high.
Jan 18, 2013 7:00am PST
it was a bloody rescue attempt that went terribly wrong. this morning, the algerian government said that it's raid is now over. but the situation is still not resolved. the area is so remote and communications so difficult no one is really clear what is happening. the british prime minister spoke just moments ago. >> there is no justification for this hostage-taking and we'll continue to do everything we can to hunt the people down. >> reporter: what we doe know prior to the raid, some hostages were forced to wear explosives around their necks. and at least five americans who may have been elsewhere on the complex managed to escape along with at least one irish worker from belfast. >> i can't describe how happy i am. >> reporter: he called his family immediately after he was in a safe area. telling them how he left to safety from a jeep after it came under bombardment. son dylan will be waiting when his father comes home. as for those missing americans, defense secretary leon panetta said just a while ago, we are working around the clock to ensure the safe return of our citizens. elizabeth? >> let